Seven Wisconsin small businesses — including three in the Milwaukee area — were recently awarded a combined up to $650,000 to commercialize their innovations, according to an announcement earlier this month.

The funding came through SBIR Advance, a state matching grant program for companies that are also receiving funding through the federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) or Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.

Milwaukee-based battery technology startup COnovate Inc. and Wauwatosa blood clotting test developer Retham Technologies LLC were among the grant recipients. Each received up to $100,000.

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